Submarining righthanded reliever Brad
Ziegler joined the Diamondbacks in a two-for-one trade that sent first baseman Brandon
Allen and lefty reliever Jordan
Norberto to the Athletics. While Ziegler is vulnerable against lefthanded hitters, he gives Arizona a deadly weapon against righthanders, who he’s held to a .224/.276/.274 line for his career and .198/.250/.229 this season.
Allen had been
unable to establish himself in the majors in parts of three seasons with the Diamondbacks organization, hitting .213/.325/.404 in 209 big league plate appearances since 2009. His departure leaves one less obstacle for first base prospect Paul Goldschmidt. One of the minors’ best power prospects, the 23-year-old Goldschmidt leads the minors in homers with 30 for Double-A Mobile.
Brandon Allen, 1b Age: 25. Position: 1B (82 G), LF (12 G). Born: Feb. 12, 1986 in Conroe, Texas. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 235. Bats: L. Throws: R. School: Montgomery (Texas) HS. Career Transactions: Selected
by White Sox in fifth round of 2004 draft; signed June 16, 2004 … Traded by White Sox to Diamondbacks for RHP Tony Pena, July 7, 2009.
had just started seeing regular playing time at first base for Arizona following the all-star break, after the Diamondbacks had been disappointed by the production they received from Juan Miranda, Xavier Nady and Russell Branyan. A one-time White Sox fifth-round pick acquired
in a 2009 trade for Tony Pena, Allen stands out most with his well above-average lefthanded raw power. He has yet to find consistent success in the majors, because he gets overly pull conscious and doesn’t
make consistent contact. He may never hit for a high average, though he
does draw walks because pitchers respect his power. A below-average runner, he’s an adequate defender at first base or left field.
Jordan Noberto, lhp Age: 24. Born: Dec. 8, 1986 in Nagua, Dominican Republic. Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 195. Bats: L. Throws: L. Career Transactions: Signed as nondrafted free agent by Diamondbacks, July 14, 2004.
has the potential to be a useful lefthanded reliever, but only if he throws more strikes—which he didn’t do during an extended 2010 trial with Arizona. His main pitch is his two-seam fastball, which he usually throws around 91-93 mph with late sink and run. He also throws a tight curveball and a sinking changeup that helps him keep righthanders at bay.
Brad Ziegler, rhp Age: 31. Remaining Commitment: Approximately $417,000 ($1.25 million salary for 2011; under club control for 2012-14 seasons). Contract details courtesy of Cot’s Baseball Contracts.